Take Visible Steps on Dengue Prevention: Sisodia to MCD

Sisodia held a high-level meeting with senior officials, and directed MCD commissioners to submit daily reports on steps being taken to prevent spread of dengue.

Published: 17th September 2015 11:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2015 11:09 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today held a high-level meeting with senior officials here, and directed the three MCD commissioners to submit daily reports on steps being taken by the civic bodies to prevent further spread of dengue in the capital.

He also asked them to apprise the government of their manpower and financial details.

Stressing on the need to intensify "joint efforts", Sisodia asked the MCD officials to take visible steps of dengue prevention so as to "immediately check" panic being spread by "vested interests".

"We've given orders for intensive fogging. We have made teams to monitor all of these. Strict orders have been issued to follow all the guidelines. Our DMs and SDMs will visit all the areas and monitor whether fogging is being done or not," Sisodia said.

The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, New Delhi Municipal Council's chairman, Divisional Commissioner, all Deputy Commissioners and senior Delhi government officials.

Earlier, the government also issued notices to the three commissioners making the submission of daily reports mandatory. South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya said, "The corporations were to submit reports to the government on a weekly basis earlier."

The Divisional Commissioner also presented a report detailing the steps to be taken by the district administrations in this regard including "surprise inspections" by SDMs of residential areas and hospitals and government buildings.

"A daily report on the situation in the districts, covering the points mentioned above shall be forwarded on or before 6 PM to the divisional commissioner. All private hospitals shall send a daily report of confirmed dengue cases admitted or diagnosed in their hospitals to CDMO office," the report said.

Sisodia said the government would ensure that there were no obstacles in terms of shortage of money or manpower in fighting the menace.

"We will provide as much money as they need. We will provide as many men. Civil Defence volunteers will be engaged, the entire force will be used and is being used," he said.

Jain complained of receiving "large-scale complaints" from MLAs and residents regarding lack of fogging and house visits by the MCD staff during the meeting.

The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into -- North, South and East Corporations, with each civic body having its own commissioner and a mayor.

The dengue report, however, is compiled by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on behalf of all civic bodies.

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